Mobile Devices for Business

Effectively Using Mobile Technology in Business

On the road. In airport terminals. In hotel rooms and coffee shops. Where do we conduct our business? Everywhere, apparently.

Business really is a mobile affair these days. And technology provides all manner of mobile devices for business, from mobile printers to netbooks. Let Office Shop Direct help you take advantage of what the marketplace has to offer.

Let's Talk – Beyond the Mobile Phone

It's almost impossible to imagine life today without the mobile phone. From the most basic talk and text models to the latest Smartphones, phone technology has come a long way from the "old days." Even the simplest mobile phones serve as miniature Rolodexes with the ability to hold thousands of contacts. They allow you to take photos, listen to music, tell time across multiple time zones, and more.

And Smartphones are mobile computing powerhouses. The ability to integrate phone capability with email, Internet, texting, photography, video recording and editing, and all manner of apps (computer applications that can be added to a device's basic features) has made these Smartphones some of the most useful and powerful pieces of technology imaginable.

Mobile Devices for Business

With this one device, and in the space of a few minutes, you can talk to a client on the phone, receive a follow-up email with Word and pdf documents attached, read them onscreen or print them out via a Bluetooth printer, locate a relevant Web page via your phone's browser, and forward the Web page along with a message via email as a reply to the original message. Manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, and HTC have continued to push the envelope in terms of bringing power and usability to consumers.

Mobile phone service providers ensure that you can use your phone in more and more locations, around the globe, and at a price that fits your budget and needs. Standard plans for regular phones include monthly and pay-as-you-go plans. Smartphone service providers typically offer both month-to-month plans and longer-term contract plans, with differing tiers for data usage and/or text messages. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint continue to offer a variety of plans for multitudes of users.

Tablets and Netbooks

Not so long ago, you basically had two choices for computers: desktop systems and laptops (portable, but fairly heavy and bulky by today's standards). But the laptops kept getting lighter and slimmer. And then tablets came to be, those hybrid machines that magically combine the portability and intuitive approach of Smartphones with the power of a full-blown computer. These days, portable devices are truly portable!

As explained in our article about laptop computers, a netbook is a small and very portable type of laptop computer that's designed to be adequate for basic computing tasks, without a lot of "bells and whistles" in terms of processing power, graphics capabilities, etc. They are trimmed down devices that forgo bulk, weight, and unnecessary power for the sake of convenience and cost savings.

Ultra books are larger cousins of netbooks. While larger and more powerful than a typical netbook, they take advantage of technologies such as SSD drives and highly efficient microprocessors to deliver computing power while still remaining less bulky than a true notebook.

Start your shopping by investigating brands like Dell, HP, Apple, Samsung, Asus, Toshiba, and Acer.

There's an App for That

Whether you're using a Smartphone, tablet, or netbook, apps can enhance your business while you're on the go. An app is basically a piece of software that you can install with only a click or two from the Internet or a device's "app store"/"software center." With an app, you can… make a reservation at a restaurant, track automobile mileage and gas receipts, manage your workflow, learn a foreign language, track your favorite stocks, dictate voice memos, read books and magazines, manage data and files, perform financial calculations, play games, and much more.

Bluetooth for Those On the Move

When you're on the go, and especially when working with a handheld device, you don't want to deal with cords. Or waste time searching for connection ports. You want to get things done. And that's where Bluetooth technology comes in. By connecting with other Bluetooth-enabled devices within range, this technology can seamlessly integrate your mobile phone, laptop, tablet, printer, etc. – without using a single cord.

This means you can go hands-free on the phone with a Bluetooth headset. Or take advantage of mobile printers by printing from your Smartphone or tablet, no matter where you happen to be. And don't forget these Bluetooth-enabled devices: smart pens, speakers, speaker phones (even more convenient than a headset), interactive whiteboards, keyboards and mini-keyboards, bar code scanners, and more.

Whether you're checking out mobile phone service providers, mobile printers, or the latest tablets, mobile devices help you leverage time when you're on the go.